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Victor
10-08-2005, 11:30 AM
The New York Times ain't what it used to be. So afraid of offending someone it's hardly worth reading anymore. I just get it for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday puzzles. Hard today. Had to google equus hemionus - onager, OK, but what's a 5-letter jeweler's gadget?

Buncha German artists from New York just built a replica Prada store in the New Mexico desert, with the idea it'll become a ruin over the years that will "say something about the time in which it was built". I'll say!

OK Paul, get that dictionary off the forklift! What's a good word to describe a buncha pointyheads who abandon their own culture to come here and erect a monument to mindless New York-style consumerism in the New Mexico desert, and then have the nerve to tell the world this is right up there with Anasazi ruins? We need an obscure word that covers about half-a-dozen meanings here!

Paul Pless
10-08-2005, 11:48 AM
Seeing as how those artists were German it seems most appropriate.

You want a talk about language with an interesting vocabulary build. The huns seem quite capable of adding a syllable or two to any word in their language, and completely changing the meaning

[ 10-08-2005, 01:23 PM: Message edited by: Paul Pless ]

Hwyl
10-08-2005, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Victor:
, OK, but what's a 5-letter jeweler's gadget?

Loupe?

Victor
10-08-2005, 12:15 PM
There are so many words to describe this it would take more than one obscurantism to contain it, that's for sure! But there should be a few that come close. How bout letting us in on any gems you find? Esp. any with unique meanings!

Sure our language has lots of words, just like our TVS have lots of channels, but it seems half of them are just synonyms for others.